Letter requesting a stay of execution

The Honorable Mary Fallin

Governor of Oklahoma

2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. Room 212

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

September 15, 2015

Dear Governor Fallin,

I am writing to ask that you stay the execution of Richard Glossip. I am a retired Episcopal priest who is also retired from the practice of law. I believe that we have the best legal system in the world, but it is not perfect. Safeguards, such as your power to stay an execution, are crucial and are a last chance for justice in some cases. Richard Glossip’s conviction is such a case.
What little evidence there was for his conviction now appears to be suspect. Executing someone on the basis of so little reliable evidence is unjust with respect to Mr. Glossip. Just as important is the negative effect his execution would have on the general public’s confidence in the legal system. Indeed, for all of us, it is a terrifying thing to see the ultimate penalty exacted on the basis of so little reliable evidence.
Please stay the execution.


The Rev. Lily A. DeYoung